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Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus reach the semi-finals on Wednesday in Tokyo.


Croatians Cilic/Dodig also advance

New Zealand pair Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus sprung a surprise on Wednesday at the Tokyo Olympics as they upset third-seeded Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 to reach the semi-finals.

Daniell and Venus won 82 per cent (36/44) of their first-service points in the match to advance in one hour and 36 minutes. Cabal and Farah have claimed two tour-level titles this season at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

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The New Zealanders will next face Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig after the Croatians battled back to overcome British team Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-7. Cilic and Dodig rallied from a set and a break down, hitting seven winners, to book their spot in the last four.

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Murray was aiming to win a fourth Olympic medal this week, having claimed gold in the 2012 and 2016 singles event along with a silver in the 2012 mixed doubles (w/Robson).

In the mixed doubles, Australians Ashleigh Barty and John Peers produced a dominant display to defeat Argentine duo Nadia Podoroska and Horacio Zeballos 6-1, 7-6(3) and reach the quarter-finals. The ROC’s Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev also moved through with a 6-4, 6-2 victory against French pair Kristina Mladenovic and Nicolas Mahut.

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